Waiting For The Trade – Booster Gold: The Tomorrow Memory

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Additional Art: Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway
Finished Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colourist: Hi-Fi
Letterers: Sal Cipriano, Jared K Fletcher, Steve Wands, Travis Lanham

Collects: Booster Gold #26-31

When a trade has a credits list as unconventional as this I start to worry, thankfully in this instance I shouldn’t really have. Whilst this unusual way of splitting the art chores does lead to a bit of inconsistency in the art, it doesn’t having a significant detrimental effect on the reading experience. The events of this trade overlap with DC’s Blackest Night crossover event with one of Booster’s “dearly departed” returning to cause him significant strife. Fear ye not however as the crossover element of this book is fleeting and you don’t really need to have read Blackest Night to understand that this certain character has been resurrected but as an evil version. If you’ve read BN then it’s a nice addition but doesn’t fundamentally change the story.

As is his current nature Booster starts the trade having a bit of a mope. He returns to the scene of what he feels was his worst moment absenting himself from Rip Hunter and worrying Skeets enough that he goes door-to-door with other heroes trying to find him. This leads nicely into the Blackest Night issues (or really issue and a half) before we round out the trade with a story about Booster’s sister picking the worst possible place and time (literally) to settle down in.

I think the role Booster has been cast into within the DCU continues to work well and make the character far deeper than he was originally. The ongoing tension between Booster and his time-teacher Rip Hunter is a little overplayed with Booster tending to spend a bit too much time rebelling or moping and Rip being cryptic and then expositional once Booster leaves the room.

The title’s premise allows Booster to be put into any time period within DCU history and while that doesn’t guarantee a good story it certainly opens the door to some great opportunities as long as you’re not too allergic to retcons. Given this use of DC history I think the title favours those with a bit of DC reading under their belts in order to really understand the significance of events.

As I mentioned at the beginning the art isn’t entirely consistent, I think it’s the issues which Mike Norton pencilled that feel like the odd ones out, but you couldn’t critique them for being wrong or in any measurable way inferior…they’re just different.

Jurgens manages in the last issue or so to give a real “ooooo” moment as well as a wonderful hook to drag us forcibly into Rip’s adventures in the Time Masters mini-series.

Reviewer: Dave Williams

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